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Great classics, expected returns and new authors: the literary journey of 2022


The centenary of Marcel Proust and James Joyce's 'Ulises' will mark a year that starts full of news from writers such as Zadie Smith, Javier Cercas, Maryse Condé, Héctor Abad Faciolince, Siri Hustvedt and Michel Houellebecq, in addition to the Spanish translation of the Nobel Abdulrazak Gurnah and the Knausgard memoirs signed by his ex-wife

From left to right: Marcel Proust, Zadie Smith, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Agustín Fernández Mallo, Maryse Condé and Siri Hustvedt.Fine Art Images / Heritage Images / Getty Images;

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Marcel Proust and James Joyce's overwhelming


will be celebrating in 2022, 100 years since the death of the great French writer and as many as 100 years since the publication of the legendary avant-garde novel that broke with narrative conventions. Both will be the object of tributes and important rescues, but before looking back, the new year brings a motley editorial program of new fiction titles. Already in January they will launch

Ay, William

(Alfaguara), a novel by Elizabeth Strout that follows the story that started in

My Name is Lucy Barton


Una casa own

(Random House Literature), a new installment of Deborah Levy's fictionalized memoirs; and

all our curses came true

(Seix Barral), from Argentina's Tamara Tenenbaum, author of

El fin del amor

, who this time writes about the Orthodox Jewish community in which she grew up. And two books of stories:

Grand Union

(Salamandra), which brings together the stories of Zadie Smith, and

eight ball

(Nordic), the debut in Spanish by Elizabeth Geoghegan, student and friend of Lucia Berlin.

In February the stories of love and conquest that will hit bookstores include from the return of Agustín Fernández Mallo with a novel set in Venice,

The Book of All Loves

(Seix Barral), to

The Feast of Love

(Asteroide), by the American Charles Baxter, passing through

Free Love

(Sixth Floor), by Tessa Hadley, the British author whose late triumph does not cease to illuminate celebrated novels like this one set in the London of the sixties.

October Girl


will also arrive

, the novel in which Linda Boström tells her part of the story with the novelist and father of her four children, Karl Ove Knausgard; the award-winning and acclaimed


Raven Leilani's (Blackie Books) about a love triangle involving a young black woman and a married 40-year-old white man; and Luis Landero's new novel,

A Ridiculous Story

(Tusquets), in which the appeal of the love affair is connected to the promotion of class. Valentín Roma works with

The Symbolic Capitalist

(Periférica) on this same issue in the Barcelona of the 1990s, and Juan Tallón has that Spain as the background of

Obra maestra

(Anagrama), the peculiar fictionalized account of the real disappearance of a sculpture of Richard Serra.

The author of

So Little Life

, Hanya Yanagihara, returns with

To Paradise

(Lumen), another long story in which the 19th century alternates with the years of AIDS in the United States, a theme that connects with the current pandemic. The Greek Petros Márkaris places the story of


(Tusquets) in the Athens of the coronavirus, and Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk also writes about contagion and plagues in

The nights of the plague

(Random House Literature), his return to the table of planned news for March. That month also returns the author of

Empty Houses

, the Mexican Brenda Navarro, with

Ceniza en la boca

(Sixth Floor), and Javier Cercas ends with

El castillo de Barbazul

(Tusquets) the trilogy that started with

Terra Alta

. And he also puts an end to hers Eva Baltasar with


(Random Literature). Nobel Prize winner Isaac Bashevis Singer comes out in March twice with the short story book

A Window to the World

(Nordic), which includes five unpublished works, and with the funny novel

The Seducer


Black literature is the one that best withstood the challenge of confinement and, according to what was seen for 2022, the one that conserves the most muscle. In April comes the new Don Winslow,

City on Fire

(HarperCollins), the beginning of a great series about the mafia that has its roots in years of investigation into its own origins of the creator of

The Cartel

. He will be in Barcelona in February to receive the Pepe Carvalho de la BCNegra. There we will also have Elmer Mendoza: the creator of

El zurdo Mendieta

and one of the great renovators of the genre returns with.

She entered through the bathroom window

(Alfaguara). And Alan Parks, with a new installment about his brutal series in the Glasgow of the seventies,

Bobby March will live forever.

An event for fans of spy novels can be considered the arrival in January of

London Connection,

the closing of the Thomas Kell series written by Charles Cumming, the closest thing to John Le Carré that new British literature has given. And pay attention to the debuts of Teresa Cardona (

The two sides

, Siruela) and Virginia Feito (

Mrs. March

, Lumen) who is starring in the Anglo-Saxon world a success as resounding as it is difficult to classify.

The chapter of heterodox tributes begins in January with the new novel by Rodrigo Fresán,


(Random Literature), dedicated to the father of Bartleby and

Moby Dick

, and continues in autumn with the work of the Irish Doireann Ní Ghríofa

A phantom in the throat

( Sixth Floor), in which an eighteenth century poem intersects with memories of maternity. David Rieff selects the best texts of his mother in

Susan Sontag. Essential work

(Alfaguara), and also comes

The Book of Ana María Matute

(Blackie Books), an anthology of literature and life of the Catalan author. The novel that mixes research and self-fiction

About Barbara Loden

(Sixth Floor), by the French Nathalie Léger, has at its center the American actress and director who triumphed at the Venice festival with the cult film


and was the wife of Elia Kazan. And from the world of cinema also comes the debut of Werner Herzog with

The Twilight of the World

(Blackie Books), the story of a Japanese soldier who continued to fight on a lost island after the end of World War II; and the book

Ivo y Jorge

(Tusquets), by Patrick Rotman, about the friendship of Yves Montand and Jorge Semprún.

Among the recoveries, the most notable are

Canto de sirena

(Gatopardo), by Charmian Clift, an Australian journalist who with her husband settled on the Greek island of Kalymnos and whose bohemian life inspired Leonard Cohen, among other artists; and

Aguamala, four days of rain in the city of Naples awaiting an extraordinary event

(Cliff), by Nicola Pugliese, a novel originally published in 1977 by Italo Calvino on the Einaudi label and which the author prohibited from being republished until its death (2012). Two 2021 Nobel Prize titles will also arrive in Salamandra, Abdulrazak Gurnah,

By the Sea,

and his latest work,


which picks up the history of Tanzania where he left off in



There will also be a new book by Maryse Condé,

I, Tituba, the Black Witch of Salem

(Impedimenta), in which she fables about the story of that slave who was condemned in the famous 17th century trials, and the novel located on a plantation

The dance of water, by

the American essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates. Argentine Camila Sosa, author of

Las malas


returns with nine stories gathered in

Soy una silta por quererte

(Tusquets). And

Different but Like Everybody

(Transit), by Nora Eckert, reconstructs the story of Chez Romy Haag, a legendary transvestite club in West Berlin in the 1970s.

The New Year will bring back the Princess of Asturias Award Siri Hustvedt with

Mothers, Fathers and other notes on my royal and literary family

(Seix Barral), in April;

Joyce Carol Oates with two



that Siruela will publish in January;

also to the Colombian poet and writer Piedad Bonnett with

What to do with these pieces

(Alfaguara), and to Héctor Abad Faciolince on the same label in May.

The Italian Domenico Starnone, considered by many to be an indispensable part of Elena Ferrante's mysterious identity, will return to bookstores with


(Lumen), and Eduardo Berti with

A foreign son

(Impedimenta), where he tells the story that emerged from the publication of

A foreign parent.

It costs more to know the editorial plans for the second semester, but there will be new books by Luis Mateo Díez and Bernardo Atxaga in Alfaguara. With the


will also arrive the Spanish translation of the latest novel by Houellebecq and

Sobre la libertad,

by Maggie Nelson (both in Anagrama);

Lincoln Highwa

and (Salamander), by Amor Towles, author of

A Gentleman in Moscow;


Damon Galgut's

2021 Booker Prize-winning novel

The Promise

from Asteroide. It was also published

in memory of memory

(Cliff), Maria Stepanova, hailed by critics as the new Anglo great voice of Russian literature, whose monumental book merges personal and cultural history.

And, back to the beginning of this story about literature in 2022, there will be two important novelties of Marcel Proust:

The 75 folios and other unpublished manuscripts

(Lumen), and an important selection of his correspondence, which is published for the first time in Spanish in Cliff, still no fixed date.

The other unknown is when the novel that Almudena Grandes left written will come out;

although it is known that it will be this year and in Tusquets, the announcement is made to wait.

With information from Juan Carlos Galindo.

Source: elparis

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